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Monday, May 7, 2012

Singer-Songwriter: Meet the 2012 RFT Music Award Nominees

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COURTESY OF LANGEN NEUBACHER
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Langen Neubacher & the Defeated County Langen Neubacher's songs, through their subject matter and delivery, feel something like a hug from a friend. Until recently, she co-hosted one of the city's best open-mics at Foam, and her generosity of spirit served her as well there, making all calibers of musician feel welcome, as it does in her own work. These days she's playing with Kate Peterson (also of the Spot Ons) under the moniker Langen Neubacher & the Defeated County. But it isn't all warm and fuzzy. Neubacher is keenly aware of the crappy hands dealt to so many, and her lyrics capture simple, honest moments in the struggle. --Kiernan Maletsky

COURTESY OF TIM GEBAUER
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Tim Gebauer Tim Gebauer has never met a stage and microphone that he won't abandon in favor of a chair on a venue's floor. What he lacks in amplification, Gebauer makes up for in big-hearted ballads that are played on an epic scope. He only needs a guitar and his dynamic voice to bring to life his evocative lyrics about falling in love with genies and dreaming of love. Unlike many other singer/songwriters, who also traffic in folk ballads, Gebauer uses words sparingly but makes sure each one counts. Unfortunately, Gebauer doesn't play out often because he doesn't want to make his personal music too much like work, an understandable sentiment given that his day job is composing music for radio commercials. Your best bet is to catch him at Foam's Wednesday night open-mic. --Bob McMahon

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